Welcome back to another Hot Rap Songs Review. Let’s get started.
BedRock-Young Money ft Lloyd: Ah, yes. BedRock. The cringeworthy, incompetently put-together slog where the Big 3 of Young Money, plus a couple of C and D-listers are using lame pickup lines to convince girls to have sex with them and bad punchlines galore. I’ve already talked about this song in both one of my old Target Practices and in my Worst of 2010 list, so I’m gonna go ahead and give it an F.
Say Something-Timbaland ft Drake: It’s been a LONG time since I last heard this song and I remember liking it. Do I still like it? Well, honestly, Say Something is just alright. The beat is typical Timbaland and he can still make a good beat. But this is pretty much a Drake song as it’s about a relationship that’s not working out, if you’re going by the chorus anyway. While I wasn’t blown away by Timbaland’s verse, at least he stayed on-topic while Drake spends most of his verse talking about himself and the success he achieves. Nice to know that Aubrey has always been a self-centered dickpiston. Yeah, now I know why I don’t go back to this song. It’s not bad, but it’s not anything great, either. I give it a low C.
Nothin’ On You-B.o.B ft Bruno Mars: The song that put both B.o.B and Bruno Mars on the map, Nothin’ On You was a number one hit and it’s great. It’s a really nice love song where both men proclaim to a certain girl that she’s one of a kind. It is kinda cliche and a bit sappy, but the performances really sell it home and along with the production, it has a really happy vibe that just puts a smile on your face. This song was a shining light in the darkness that was 2010 pop music. After this song, Bruno Mars would end up being one of the most successful (and best) artists of the decade. And as for B.o.B?
Anyways, I give Nothin’ On You an A.
Over-Drake: Drake blew up when I was in high school and just like many people, I did listen to his stuff. At this point, he was set to release his debut album Thank Me Later with Over as the lead single. Eight years after this song’s release, it still bumps. I like this epic orchestral instrumentation and Drake shows off his skills. Yeah, he’s just bragging and some of the lines stink of the usual Young Money-isms, but he delivers them in a dope way and I believe his bragging. This is a dope ass song and I’m giving it a high B.
Your Love-Nicki Minaj: Seeing Nicki Minaj now is kinda sad because there was a time where I was rooting for her. She’s a talented rapper who I viewed as someone who has potential to be the best in the game. She stole the show in damn near every song she appeared in and she has the backing of one of the hottest labels around. Then she released Your Love, the official first single for her debut album Pink Friday and my enthusiasm went down because this shit sucks. What we got is a beat based on a butchered sample of an Annie Lennox classic (that technically was a cover), an atrociously sung Auto-Tuned hook, and Nicki espousing mostly generic lovey-dovey lyrics. This goes to show how much of a disappointment Nicki has become, now more than ever. I give this song an F.
Love The Way You Lie-Eminem ft Rihanna: You might want to sit down for this one because there’s something I need to say about this song that requires an explanation: Love The Way You Lie ruined Eminem. Again, let me explain. I still believe that this is a good song: the Alex Da Kid production is pretty decent and aged better than I thought, Rihanna delivers a solid hook, Eminem is still a skilled rapper despite some questionable lines, …
Now you get to watch her leave out the window
Guess that’s why they call it window pane
… and the song does a good job portraying a toxic relationship along with the music video. So why do I say that it ruined Eminem? Two reasons: 1, his reputation has been damaged as hip-hop fans have called him a sellout thanks to this song (even though Eminem has been mainstream since 1999) and young pop fans not familiar with his work think this is who he is, and 2, ever since this became a number one hit, Eminem has been recreating this song over and over. Don’t get me wrong, he’s always made these kind of songs, but he clearly stumbled across a formula with this one and abused it to death: radio-friendly production along with a usually female pop singer on the hook and lyrics relating to bad relationships (exceptions noted). Even removing the impact this would have on Eminem, good and bad, Love The Way You Lie is still a good song and I would give it a B.
Fancy-Drake ft T.I. & Swizz Beatz: For the longest time, I hated this song and thought it was annoying. Now that time has passed by and overplay has worn off, I can now say that Fancy by Drake is… okay. Just okay. The beat’s okay, the rapping’s okay, and the lyrics are also just okay. My issue with this song (which made me dislike it in the first place) is the chorus from Swizz Beatz. I didn’t like it at all. Overall, I don’t hate the song that much, but I’m not going to go back to listen to it, either. I give it a C.
Right Above It-Lil Wayne ft Drake: Man, this song was everywhere when it came out and right now, it’s the theme song to the HBO series Ballers starring The Rock. And honestly, I don’t really care for it. Right Above It is pretty much another bragging song with production that combines that epic-sounding orchestral with synths that could only exist in the early 2010s. If you couldn’t tell, the song is dated as hell. As for the bars? Meh. Neither Wayne or Drake say anything that phenomenal, it’s shit you’ve heard these two say a million times before. And now, I’m gonna move on with my life after hearing this song and leaving it with a grade of D.
No Hands-Waka Flocka Flame ft Roscoe Dash & Wale: Remember Waka Flocka Flame? The guy whose rap moniker was inspired by a Muppets character and who helped make trap music mainstream. I’m not a fan of his, but he’s comparably better than most of today’s trap rappers because his songs back then at least had energy. But that energy isn’t present in his biggest hit No Hands. It’s a another strip club with generic production, Waka Flocka being a non-presence as he only has one verse, Wale having the best verse even if it wasn’t that great, and Roscoe Dash being annoying handling the hook and the final verse. This is not a good song and I’m giving it an F.
Aston Martin Music-Rick Ross ft Drake & Chrisette Michele: Rick Ross is one of those rappers who I never really cared about. Setting aside him lying about being a correctional officer (which he later admitted to being one), he’s not that interesting to me. Sure, he’s got some good beats to back him up and some of his verses on other people’s songs are decent, but most of his music falls into two categories: “I’m a drug kingpin who’ll shoot any motherfucker who crosses my sight” and “I have lots of money.” This brings us to Aston Martin Music, which falls into the latter and is a love song. Rick Ross himself is the least interesting part of the song as Drake is once again the star with a pretty good final verse and Chrisette Michele providing a nice R&B hook. The song’s alright, but it’s nothing that special. I give it a C.
Nothin’ On You
Love The Way You Lie, Over
No Hands, Your Love
And those were the number one songs on the Hot Rap Songs chart of 2010. Next time, we look at the number one songs on the Hot Rap Songs chart of 2011.